February 7, 2022
The countdown to spring is on! After a few years away, we’re thrilled to announce that The CAT is back! That’s right, the high-speed CAT ferry is returning to service in 2022. At just 3.5 hours, it’s the fastest and most entertaining way to travel between Maine and Nova Scotia. We can’t wait to welcome you back aboard to enjoy incredible ocean views, fresh and local dining options, and attentive service. While The CAT will provide the same great experience, there will also be some exciting changes — including a new destination on the American side!
Ready to join us on this seafaring adventure? Here’s what you can expect from The CAT when it returns in 2022.
Throughout The CAT’s history, it has connected the United States to Canada and Maine to Nova Scotia. And while we’ve been apart for a little while, the time has finally come for a reunion between friendly neighbours. In 2022, The CAT will feature a new port on the American side, with afternoon departures from beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine.
If you love coastal beauty and small-town charm, you’ll love Bar Harbor. It’s also the fastest way into Acadia National Park, where you can explore nearly 50,000 acres of wilderness and 158 miles of hiking trails. Cadillac Mountain, the highest point on the east coast of the United States, is in the heart of the park. It’s the perfect spot to catch unbelievable views of the sunrise over the ocean and surrounding islands.
On the Nova Scotia side, Yarmouth is the gateway to the Acadian Shores. Home to iconic lighthouses and rich histories of Mi’kmaq and Acadian cultures, it has a deep-rooted tradition of welcoming visitors to Nova Scotia. It’s a great place to start your journey through Canada’s Ocean Playground.
The CAT isn’t only the fastest way to travel between Bar Harbor and Yarmouth. It’s also a wonderful sightseeing opportunity and ocean adventure! So jumpstart your maritime vacation by taking your hands off the wheel and your foot off the pedal. Sit back and enjoy fabulous onboard amenities and entertainment. You’re going to love travelling aboard The CAT. But don’t just take our word for it, 96% of travellers say they would recommend The CAT to their friends.
Kids will appreciate the opportunity to spend a few exciting hours playing, exploring, and relaxing rather than seven to eight hours in the backseat of a car! Whether you’re travelling by car, RV, pickup, SUV, tour bus, motorcycle, or bicycle, you’re welcome aboard The CAT. We also accept walk-on passengers and four-legged friends.
Why not make the journey between destinations a pleasant part of your vacation? On The CAT’s viewing decks, you never know what kind of marine wildlife you might spot — your ferry crossing could even include whale watching! With awe-inspiring coastal views on both sides, it’s a fantastic way to see the natural beauty of Maine, Nova Scotia, and the Atlantic Ocean.
If you would prefer to stay inside, you can kick back and relax in the plush comfort of our onboard movie lounge, let the kids loose in our play area, or shop for the perfect souvenir in the Scotia Market Gift Shop. Select departures even feature live music, so you can spend your journey tapping your foot and singing along. If you’re feeling hungry, The CAT has you covered, with three unique dining options offering fresh Nova Scotian cuisine and craft beverages.
With so many food and entertainment options, your 3.5-hour journey is sure to sail by in no time!
We can’t wait to welcome you back aboard in 2022! Until then, be sure to explore the Maritimes to see everything our neck of the woods has to offer!